Youth empowerment and social justice camps and programs

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Is your child interested in social justice, activism, and leadership? Does he or she enjoy challenging and exciting experiences? If so, a youth empowerment or social justice camp may be a perfect fit. Read more

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    Lakefield College School Summer Programs   
    Transformative experiences learning in and through the outdoors—academic, athletic, for credit or enrichment. Spend every day outdoors on the water, in the forest, or at our farm—learn, have fun and stretch yourself.

    Lakefield
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $330
    daycampovernightcampcoed3304-181LakefieldOnlineOntario
    TAC - Sports, Aquatics and Education   
    TAC Sports, Aquatics & Education specializes in Sports, Swim and S.T.E.M programming. Ages 3-16, Co-ed. Year round Camps, Lessons, Academy and House Leagues across the GTA! Grow, Learn, Lead!

    Throughout Ontario (8)
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 3.5 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $250
    daycampcoed2503.5-162Bridle Path, TorontoLytton Park, TorontoRichview, TorontoAuroraThornhillWhitbyWoodbridgeOntarioEtobicoke, North-York, Uptown
    YMCA of Southwestern Ontario Overnight Camps   
    The YMCA of Southwestern Ontario offers two amazing overnight camps for campers aged 5-16 - YMCA Camp Queen Elizabeth (CQE) in Georgian Bay Islands National Park and YMCA Camp Henry in Point Pelee National Park.

    Leamington; London; Port Severn
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $600
    overnightcampcoed6005-163LeamingtonLondonPort SevernOntario
    Outward Bound Canada   
    Outward Bound Canada provides challenging adventures in the outdoors across the country that develop self-respect, awareness of others, interpersonal skills, and a sense of accomplishment.

    East York, Toronto; Algonquin Park; Kananaskis; Vancouver; Vancouver Island
    Adventure (multi)
    • Ages 9 to 19 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $1
    daycampovernightcampcoedallgirlsallboys19-194East York, TorontoAlgonquin ParkKananaskisVancouverVancouver IslandAlberta, British Columbia, OntarioEast-York
    InterVarsity Pioneer Camp Alberta   
    Pioneer Camp Alberta is a Christian summer camp with two beautiful locations in Sundre & Rocky Mountain House, AB. Get ready for exploration, adventure, creation, challenge, growth, skill development, and of course, fun!

    Rocky Mountain House; Sundre
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 19 (Coed, Girls, Boys)
    • Program
    • from $289
    programclasscoedallgirlsallboys2895-195Rocky Mountain HouseSundreOnlineAlberta
    Summer Springboard   
    With over 60 academic tracks on 16 top college campuses, SSB programs offer students with almost any passion the opportunity to look inward and go upward!

    International
    Education: Academic/Tutoring (multi)
    • Ages 14 to 18 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $5,298
    overnightcampcoed529814-186InternationalOnlineInternational
    Code-it Hacks   
    Blend of 5 flavors in our Kids Coding & Robotics Camp in Toronto! Learn to Code, Learn to build: Robotics & Circuits, Outdoor play:Logic Games & a field trip to a tech company! Never a dull moment in our camps & programs

    Bloor West Village, Toronto; High Park, Toronto
    Computer (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 17 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $450
    daycampcoed4504-177Bloor West Village, TorontoHigh Park, TorontoOnlineOntarioWest-End
    Pickering College Summer Camps   
    Our nature centered day camp is for campers entering Kindergarten to Grade 8. Overnight camp options for Global Leadership and ESL for students entering Grades 9-12 are also available.

    Newmarket
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 18 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $475
    overnightcampcoed4754-188NewmarketOnlineOntario
    Empower Learning Centre   
    Join our summer camps at Empower Learning Centre! Engage in fun activities, develop new skills, and make lasting memories. Limited spots available. Register now!

    Mississauga
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2 to 18 (Coed)
    • Program, Day Camp
    • from $110
    programclassdaycampcoed1102-189MississaugaOntario
    La Citadelle Summer Camp   
    La Citadelle Summer Camp offers unique Programs that incorporate educational enrichment (French, English & Math), with an exciting array of activities, sports, fine arts & technology. Our Camps run for the month of July.

    York Mills, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 2.5 to 12 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $439
    programclasscoed4392.5-1210York Mills, TorontoOnlineOntarioNorth-York
    FDT Debate Academy   
    FDT Academy's 2023/24 Debate & Public Speaking programs are offered either in-person in Vancouver or, online via Zoom. FDT is renowned for having 40+ of its students make it onto national Debate & Speech teams.

    Vancouver
    Education: Debate
    • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Program, Virtual Program
    • from $100
    daycampprogramclassvirtualprogramcoed1005-1811VancouverOnlineBritish Columbia
    Ryde Lake Camp   
    Ryde Lake Camp, in the heart of the Muskoka, offers a traditional camp experience for girls. The program empowers campers to be themselves, becoming strong, independent, and compassionate individuals for life.

    Gravenhurst
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 9 to 16 ( Girls)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $850
    overnightcampallgirls8509-1612GravenhurstOnlineOntario
    Camp Kahuna   
    Halton region camp offering leadership training and an extraordinary camp program that will exceed your expectations. We fuse traditional camp activities with the extraordinary.

    Acton; Burlington
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 13 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $385
    daycampcoed3855-1313ActonBurlingtonOntario
    Out to Play   
    Learning and connecting through play! A Forest and Nature School offering outdoor arts, storytelling, daily hikes and play in forests and meadows. Experienced educators. Easily accessed from downtown Ottawa and Kanata.

    Ottawa
    Adventure (multi)
    • Ages 4 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $360
    daycampcoed3604-1214OttawaOntario
    Carpe Diem Education   
    Transformative gap year, semester, and summer programs, emphasizing experiential learning and personal growth. Our international programs specialize in promoting cultural immersion and meaningful adventure!

    International
    Adventure (multi)
    • Ages 14 to 22 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $5,995
    overnightcampcoed599514-2215InternationalInternational
    Tall Ships Adventure   
    Your temporary home on the water, where you will eat, sleep, and breathe tall ships. Your sanctuary and launchpad for grand adventures. 7-14 day Voyages designed for youth age 12-18. No prior experience necessary!

    Brockville; Kingston; Ottawa; Quebec City
    Adventure: Travel
    • Ages 12 to 18 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $990
    overnightcampcoed99012-1816BrockvilleKingstonOttawaQuebec CityOntario, Quebec
    Ashbury College Summer Programs   
    Ashbury's Summer Program offers a broad range of summer camps in the performing and visual arts, athletics, and STEM as well as academic workshops and reach ahead credit courses. Learn something new this summer!

    Ottawa North
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $400
    daycampcoed4008-1817Ottawa NorthOntario
    Camp Kwasind   
    A great overnight Christian camp in Muskoka for ages 7to17 that is AFFORDABLE, MEMORABLE, FUN & SAFE. A unique and safe place to build friendships, gain confidence. experience the outdoors and explore the Christian faith

    Huntsville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 7 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $535
    overnightcampcoed5357-1718HuntsvilleOntario
    Camp Can-Aqua   
    A traditional camp with diverse programming & exceptional instruction, we believe in teaching kids compromise, patience & empathy. Through thoughtful & individualized programming, our campers thrive here.

    Haliburton Highlands; Oakville; Ottawa
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 17 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $2,950
    overnightcampcoed29505-1719Haliburton HighlandsOakvilleOttawaOnlineOntario
    Radiant Girls   
    All-Girls Leadership & Wellness events led by professional coaches, school teachers, & female leaders. Camps featuring Adventure, Arts, Horses, Spa, Fitness, Leadership, Business, Friendship & Emotional Intelligence

    Burlington; Guelph; King
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 16 ( Girls)
    • Day Camp, PA Day
    • from $179
    daycamppadayallgirls1798-1620BurlingtonGuelphKingOnlineOntario
    The YES (The Youth Excellence Society)   
    Overnight leadership camps at beautiful Cowichan Lake! Expand your co-operative leadership and team building skills while connecting with youth from around the province. Experience a summer camp like no other.

    Duncan; Victoria
    Education: Leadership (multi)
    • Ages 14 to 18 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $125
    overnightcampcoed12514-1821DuncanVictoriaBritish Columbia
    Camp UofT Scarborough   
    Camp U of T Scarborough provides quality in-person STEM programs for children and youth through a variety of specialty themed camps, leadership workshops, inclusive activities and special events!

    Highland Creek, Toronto
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $290
    daycampcoed2906-1522Highland Creek, TorontoOntarioScarborough
    Learn & Experience   
    L&E World Camps inspires & nurtures young people with their award winning multi-activity programs in Canada and Europe. The camps can be combined with L&E Teen Travel trips to create a summer experience of a lifetime.

    International; Shawnigan Lake
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 8 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $3,000
    overnightcampcoed30008-1623InternationalShawnigan LakeBritish Columbia, International
    Sparrow Lake Camp   
    Since 1912! Sparrow Lake Camp is a traditional Co-Ed Summer Camp where all are welcome, all are valued, and all belong. Overnight camps for kids 6-16, as well as our friends and family 'Holiday Camp' for all ages!

    Orillia
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 6 to 16 (Coed)
    • Overnight Camp
    • from $890
    overnightcampcoed8906-1624OrilliaOntario
    Appleby College Summer Programs   
    Located on our beautiful 60-acre lakeside campus in southwest Oakville, Appleby Summer Programs offer day camp, overnight (NEW) enrichment, leadership and credit program options for campers and students ages 4-17.

    Oakville
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 4 to 17 (Coed)
    • Program
    • from $550
    programclasscoed5504-1725OakvilleOnlineOntario
    Debate Camp   
    For all students interested in public speaking, debating and Model United Nations. A well-rounded program open to all ability levels and interests, ages 10 - 17. Debate day and overnight camps running June - August.

    Forest Hill, Toronto; Lawrence Heights, Toronto; North Toronto, Toronto; Ottawa; St. Catharines
    Education: Debate
    • Ages 10 to 16 (Coed)
    • Day Camp, Overnight Camp
    • from $495
    daycampovernightcampcoed49510-1626Forest Hill, TorontoLawrence Heights, TorontoNorth Toronto, TorontoOttawaSt. CatharinesOntarioMidtown, North-York, Uptown
    Ross Creek Centre for the Arts   
    SummerArts combines the best of camp with the best of the arts! We offer great food, a full rec schedule, campfire, and a core of incredible arts programming, all set on a beautiful campus overlooking the Bay of Fundy.

    Canning
    Arts (multi)
    • Ages 5 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $345
    daycampcoed3455-1827CanningNova Scotia
    Block 8 Academy   
    Preschool Playfit, Rainbow of Music, French - Camps and Classes for 2.5 to 12 year olds - licensed as daycare so eligible for government subsidies while your kids receive the best in instruction. 2-11 hours per day.

    Port Moody
    Traditional (multi activity)
    • Ages 5 to 12 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $50
    daycampcoed505-1228Port MoodyOnlineBritish Columbia
    VISST Camps   
    STEAM spring and summer camps for kids 8-15. Topics include Game Design, Animation, Machine Learning, AI, Math, Sustainability and more. Cultivating curiosity and having fun are explicit goals of our programs.

    Vancouver
    Education: STEAM
    • Ages 8 to 15 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $250
    daycampcoed2508-1529VancouverBritish Columbia
    COC Summer Music Camp   
    Create, Compose, Design, Perform! Explore music and the performing arts through our innovative and engaging Summer Music Camps held at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts!

    Bay Street Corridor, Toronto; East York, Toronto
    Arts: Performing Arts (multi)
    • Ages 6 to 18 (Coed)
    • Day Camp
    • from $395
    daycampcoed3956-1830Bay Street Corridor, TorontoEast York, TorontoOntarioDowntown, East-York
    Focus Learning Academic Centre   
    An academic enrichment learning centre committed to igniting the love of learning among children and teens with over 20 course offerings in the Language, STEM, and Leadership streams. Visit us at www.focuslearning.ca

    L'Amoureaux, Toronto
    Education (multi)
    • Ages 7 to 13 (Coed)
    • Virtual Program
    • from $420
    virtualprogramcoed4207-1331L'Amoureaux, TorontoOnlineOntarioScarborough


     

    Who are youth empowerment camps for and what programs do they have?

    Youth empowerment camps, also called “social justice camps,” are primarily intended for teens. Many, though, are also open to preteens.

    These camps are a great option for kids who want to expand their horizons, build confidence, and connect with a like-minded community. Kids who are passionate about social issues and want to make a difference in the world are an especially good fit.

    Youth empowerment summer camps and programs offer training, exercises, and activities related to social justice. Your child will learn about a wide range of local and global issues:

    • Poverty and homelessness
    • The environment and climate change
    • Racism and bigotry
    • Bullying
    • Gay rights
    • Sexuality
    • Animal cruelty
    • Gun control
    • Culture
    • Religion

    But there’s more to these camps than social activism and education. Youth empowerment camps also have a variety of fun activities that you’ll find at other camps and programs. This includes campfires, swimmingthe artsmusicdancesports, and more.

    Many youth empowerment and social justice camps are residential. Some, though, are day programs.

    What are the main benefits of youth empowerment camps?

    At a youth empowerment and social justice camp your child will learn crucial skills. Some of the main ones include

    This will serve your child well in the future, and help them excel in the teen years and beyond. They’ll learn important values, build confidence, and learn how to make a difference. They’ll also have the opportunity to make new friends, have a great time, and build memories that can last a lifetime.

    We list youth empowerment and social justice camps in Canada and the United States. Click on a camp to learn all about it, including its cost, location, programs, and session dates.



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